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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Hillary on: Today at 05:08 AM
Milton Freidman is a charlatan whose policies have been proven as such in the real world. They have been a disaster for this country and its middle class. John Maynard Keynes is the ONLY economist in the last 100 years whose policies have actually worked in the real world, and could be used to support Clinton's economic plans, although she is a "neoliberal", not a Progressive. Same with Arthur Laffer. Laffer's "Curve" is a parody akin to economic relativity where "as taxes approach zero, revenues approach infinity." In reality, it is more like flammable or explosive limits of materiels that only work within specific, narrow ranges. We passed those limits with the very first of Reagan's ill-advised tax cuts. Eisenhower was the best "GOP" President in my lifetime (which makes him the 3rd or 4th best President in my lifetime), and if the GOP Party platform today was the same as it was when Ike ran for re-election in 1956 I might still be a Republican. Ronald Reagan was the worst thing to happen to the USA, and the world, in the second half of the 20th century. He turned a "tax and spend" economy that was the world's greatest creditor nation into a "borrow and spend" economy that is the world's greatest debtor nation. His deregulation and decision to cease enforcing the Sherman Act led directly to the S&L crisis during his Presidency and the "too big to fail" corporations that so nearly destroyed the world economy in 2008.

AS for Mr. Snorsworthy's fascination with fascism, it is a superficial and lineal analysis at best. I once heard someone state that looking at the political spectrum as linear is not as useful as seeing it like the face of a clock. At midnight you have totalitarian authoritarianism, and at 6:00 you have democratic pluralism. 12-6 is conservative philosophy and 6-12 is liberal philosophy. As one gets closer to 12 on either side, the degree of authoritarianism increase such that you end up with the dictatorial authoriatarianism of Communism at around 10:30, and of Fascism from 12-1:30. After WWII and the red scare of the post war/ cold war period, everything in this country from about 9:00 on disappeared. Political nature, being no different than any other nature, abhors a vacuum, and the political spectrum in this country shifted such that what should be a 4:00 is now considered to be democratic pluralism, and there is no true movement, other than in the fevered minds on the right, toward authoritaraian collectivism.

AS for Progressives worthy of quoting, there are plenty, and they don't necessarily include the second rate tenant organizer the right has made into their boogieman. I would include Presidents Roosevelt, either one, and Johnson along with non-politicians such as Louis Brandeis, Noam Chomsky, Ellen Goodman, Studs Terkel, WEB duBois, etc., etc., etc. The list is long and distinguished.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Yesterday at 05:12 AM
Another week, another column......

Getting Better
The recovery from the GOP manifested financial collapse and “Great Recession” of 2008 has been long and slow. Signs continue to appear showing it is healthy and enduring. You won’t hear much about that from the “doom and gloomer’s” on the right.

Second quarter statistics from the Dept. of Labor show that weekly wages for workers in the bottom quarter of the labor market grew at the fastest rate since 2009, up 3.1% over the previous year, and outpaced the gains of those above them on the income ladder.

The reasons behind this gain are diverse. Much of it is the result of a tightening labor market. Unemployment has been at, or below, 5% this entire year, and the pool of available workers is at a 15 year low.

Those are the factors being touted by the massive corporations driving the increases. Citing savings in hiring and training costs due to reduced turnover, Nationwide Mutual Insurance CAO said, “We knew our associates could walk out the door and find a job tomorrow.” Those factors are only one side of the equation. Those on the right would prefer you not think about the other side.

I’m going to give a “Uuge” portion of the credit for this improvement at the bottom of the ladder to the efforts of those workers to speak with a unified voice, and to the campaign for the Presidency of Bernie Sanders. Walkouts by fast food workers in the fall of last year, and the concerted push of the Sanders campaign, and his progressive movement, for a nationwide $15 minimum wage have scared the corporate world into doing better by their workers.

 That said, there is still a long way to go before the horrific income disparity in this country is rectified. The success of the walkouts show, as they did in the 1930’s after the last Great GOP Depression, the strength and power workers can exert when they are organized and standing together.

The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 guaranteed workers the right to organize and bargain collectively. Republicans have been fighting to limit or overturn that act since the day it was passed. They have succeeded to a great degree. Unions in this country are the weakest they have been in over a century.

Unions built our middle class, and our youth recognize that. It helps explain the why so many “Feel the Bern.”
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Hillary on: Aug 25, 2016, 06:58AM
The knee-jerk, irrational fear of "socialism" by those on the right shows a profound ignorance (willfull?) of the FACT that ANY, and ALL, endeavors engaged in by a society are, by definition, "socialistic" in nature. Since man came down out of the trees, or up out of the caves, socialism has been the core operating system of every level of human development, from the family, to the tribe, to the city-state, to the nation. No activity of any sort can be engaged in by a society as a functioning political entity that is NOT socialistic in nature at its core.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Trump on: Aug 24, 2016, 11:24AM
5  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Italy on: Aug 24, 2016, 11:13AM
Indeed! Good friends were in Montepulciano yesterday. Luck of the draw they weren't there for this. Some beautiful places destroyed. Best wishes and prayers to all affected.
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Hillary on: Aug 22, 2016, 02:15PM
Not that FACTs or FACT CHECKING are relevant or have any utility in the bubble, but. here's a little reality about the Clinton Foundation......

7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Hillary on: Aug 22, 2016, 05:42AM
If you think that the Clinton Charity Foundation is a charity, then.... I've got ocean front property in Texas I'll sell you.


No thanks. I live in Florida. Galveston and Corpus Christi are pretenders, but they are ocean front. Didn't realize you were a real estate tycoon. No wonder you're a Trump apologist. And, the Clinton's foundation is no different than that of the Bush's, the Gates', or Warren Buffet's
8  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Teacher for improv in Seattle area? on: Aug 21, 2016, 02:56PM
9  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Teacher for improv in Seattle area? on: Aug 21, 2016, 02:26PM
Doesn't Kenny G live there? Evil
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Hillary on: Aug 21, 2016, 02:24PM
Fascism, properly understood, is not a right-wing ideology. While many characterize it as such, Wikipedia, of all places, has a pretty accurate rendering, explaining that
[f]ascists advocate a state-directed, regulated economy that is dedicated to the nation; the use and primacy of regulated private property and private enterprise contingent upon service to the nation, the use of state enterprise where private enterprise is failing or is inefficient, and autarky.

During the First World War, Woodrow Wilson and the progressive movement used war as a means to rally society to the collective good of the nation. George Perkins, a financier of progressive causes at the time, boasted that the First World War "is striking down individualism and building up collectivism." Michael McGerr, in his book A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, cited one progressive who championed the war claiming, "Laissez-faire is dead. Long live social control."

Many on the left then hailed Benito Mussolini as a hero and champion of progress in the way many on the modern left hail Hugo Chavez as the same. In the second decade of the twenty-first century, progressive activists are engaging in a similar pattern of intimidation and violence that they perversely think will help President Obama, even as he himself has voiced misgivings about their tactics and sought to distance himself from some of his most ardent supporters.

Left-wing groups and unions have collaborated together to threaten and cajole private citizens.

Radical activist Van Jones, a former White House "green jobs czar" leads an organization called Color of Change. The organization, Media Matters for America, and others are leading coordinated attacks on businesses that choose to give money to conservative causes, advertise on talk radio, and the like.They say they are boycotting, which is their right to do. Except these are not boycotts to advance rights as in the sixties. These are boycotts to shut down opposing views.

While the left is heavily funded by the billionaire felon George Soros, the collective organizations (and the White House) seem to have no problem attacking billionaires Charles and David Koch for funding free market think tanks and organizations committed to smaller government.

One the long held tenets of progressivism and fascism has been that everything should bend to the state, including religious organizations. In fact, in Liberal Fascism Jonah Goldberg notes,
Progressivism, from which today’s liberalism descended, was a kind of Christian fascism (many called it “Christian socialism”). This is a difficult concept for modern liberals to grasp because they are used to thinking of the progressives as the people who cleaned up the food supply, pushed through the eight-hour workday, and ended child labor. But liberals often forget that the progressives were also imperialists, at home and abroad. . . . [W]hile the God talk may have fallen by the wayside, the religious crusader’s spirit that powered Progressivism remains as strong as ever. Rather than talk in explicitly religious terms, however, today’s liberals use a secularized vocabulary of “hope”.

The rhetoric of religion as a social tool on the left has given way to a religious rhetoric for secularism while liberals engage in curtailing religious freedoms. Witness President Obama, in true Wilsonian fashion, rallying students to give "amens" over student loans.The ever progressive Media Matters for America, which works hand in hand with the Obama Administration and other left-wing groups, openly declared on its IRS application for non-profit status that it would be an anti-Christian organization. Liberal attorney Alan Dershowitz and others have loudly attacked the organization for its anti-semitism. The organization routinely attacks Christian news outlets and attacks major media outlets as having a pro-Christian “bias in news reporting and analysis.”Before the Supreme Court this year, the Obama Administration took the radically left position that the First Amendment does not contain a "ministerial exception," a belief long held in American jurisprudence, though never actually before the Supreme Court, that churches have wide latitude in managing those it considers ministers of their faith. Even the American Civil Liberties Union would not go that far.

So, your comment about my 9th grade education.... I have 4 degrees, 11 years of college, 27 patents, and the world's most cited research book in my field, so I guess you're right, I'm a 9th grader.

Best regards,
Steven R. Norsworthy

What happy scatological debris of equine origin you have disseminated with this post. I wish I could spread it on my garden. Here is a far more accurate depiction of the traits of "Fascism" based on actual study of Fadcist regimes from history, as opposed to the philosphical ramblings of a pseudo-scholar......


You'll note how many of the traits are part and parcel of the tenets of today's GOP, and especially the Trump wing.
11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Hillary on: Aug 20, 2016, 11:26AM
And, fascism is a right wing ideology.
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Trump on: Aug 20, 2016, 05:35AM
Maybe because it hasn't been proven? Made up accusations don't mean much.  All I've ever seen 'proven' on her is that she is an extremely ambitious politician that will change as the wind blows to keep up with current trends.


Exactly. 25 years, hundreds of millions of dollars and multitudes of "investigations" of manufactured scandals, witch hunts, and tin-foil hat conspiracies have turned up ZERO, ZIPPO, NADA, NOTHING, BUPKIS,ETC.., ETC., ETC.
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Aug 19, 2016, 05:42AM
This week's column:

God Help Us

God, help us. I can’t wait until the slow-motion train wreck that is the Trump campaign is finally over and we can stop thinking about it. It’s not, so we can’t.

Among this week’s detritus was a “foreign policy” speech in which the demagogue who has based a year long campaign on hatred and bigotry claimed, “ those who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country.” I guess he figures his base doesn’t need the competition?

He went on to suggest a possible rapprochement with Russia in the battle against ISIS in Syria. Vladimir Putin must do a “happy dance” when he hears Trump speak like that. He has played Trump like a Stradivarius in this campaign, prompting Bush’s Deputy Director of the CIA, Michael Morrell, to suggest  Putin “played on Mr. Trump’s vanities”……In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation,"

Further support of this theory can be found in the fact that Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, spent significant portions of recent years as a lobbyist for deposed Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych’s party. He is a Putin puppet currently in political exile in Russia. It’s not difficult to envision Trump as lap-dog Tony Blair to Putin’s GW Bush.

Trump, finally recognizing the hole he has dug his campaign into, shook up his campaign staff this week, installing two extremely far right media people at the top. The plan appears to be they will “let Trump be Trump” rather than attempting to broaden his appeal to a wider swath of the electorate.

Trump believes the size and passion of the crowds he gets at his rallies is a better indication of the overall electorate than the plethora of scientifically administered polls which show him dropping like a stone. Well, you can get 10,000 screaming rednecks to show up for a tractor pull or a WWE event in Orlando, but that doesn’t mean the vast majority of the populous has any interest in them.

In the biggest joke of the week, Trump issued an apology, saying, “"Sometimes, in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and believe it or not I regret it".

Anybody interested in buying a bridge in Brooklyn?
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Trump on: Aug 18, 2016, 12:16PM
On the other hand, Mike Pence would be infinitely more qualified to be president than Trump. You can picture Pence realizing he was over his head and scrambling to learn what he needed to, but it's plain that Trump is uninterested in doing so.

Maybe more qualified, but not a nickel's worth of improvement, if that, from a policy perspective.
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Hillary on: Aug 17, 2016, 06:32AM
Which would also be surprising since the entire Bush White House was using a private service rather than the government one at the time.


And they deleted 5 MILLION emails about the Iraq invasion. Outrage from the right? ZERO, ZILCH, NADA. Hypocrisy? TONS, IMMENSE AMOUNTS, TOTALLY!!!
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Hillary on: Aug 17, 2016, 05:14AM
Do you have any evidence for what I bolded?  Politifact says Powell used a personal email address (not a personal server, which would have been more secure, but also not a government email server) for his email. 

Evidence is irrelevant to the right.
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Trump on: Aug 16, 2016, 08:06AM


"Much has been said and written about the deleterious effects of political correctness, which makes it next to impossible to speak truth without meeting volleys of censorship and defamation.

Another cognitive tendency, however, is now reaching massive proportions, namely the pervasive refusal to learn, to ferret out facts from the welter of conflicting claims and competing opinions that obscure or deform the exchange of ideas on which the health of a democracy depends, in short, to seek truth. No less destructive to the existence of an informed public than the scourge of political correctness, the lassitude that afflicts us is no doubt, or at least in part, owing to an increasingly dysfunctional educational system at all levels from primary to post-graduate, and operates in conjunction with a widespread cultural propensity to a sort of epicurean laziness that comes with prolonged affluence and an entitlement mentality."

About as good an example of psychological projection as I have ever seen.
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Trump on: Aug 14, 2016, 04:49AM

It seems rather simple-minded to assume that when one person is saying something that no one else is saying, he's the only truth-teller. The reverse is probably more likely to be the case, as it is here.

"Oh, look at that band. Everybody is out of step but my Johnny!"
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Hillary on: Aug 13, 2016, 05:58AM
Except, he is, on multiple levels.
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Hillary on: Aug 12, 2016, 09:25AM

You've claimed that there could be any number of ways that the father of a terrorist got on stage behind Hillary but can't seem to come up with any.

Um, how about the actual story put out by the campaign? It was an open, public event with general admission seating, and the guy came in and sat where he wanted, with no invitation or guidance from anyone but his own?
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
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